On Saturday 22 September. 150 children and teens took part in the sixth annual Tour de Black Creek Bike Race. The cyclists raced along Driftwood Avenue, Jane Street and Stong Court.
“The Tour de Black Creek .....promotes health, safety and a love of cycling in our youth and is talked about all year in our community,” explained City Councillor Anthony Perruzza.
The George Terry Cup,named in honour of the late Trinidadian-Canadian elite cyclist George Terry ,is given to the winning team of the Tour de Black Creek. George Terry has been inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.
According to Justin Terry, son of the late George Terry, his father saw cycling as a way of promoting new thinking and a wider vision for young people in marginalized neighbourhoods. He also wanted young people of different backgrounds and races to work together.
The cyclists, who came from neighbourhoods served by the Toronto Police of divisions 12, 23, 31, 33 and 53 participated in an eight-week healthy lifestyle and safety program. They learned the rules of cycling on city streets.
If they participated fully they could received a bicycle and a safety helmet donated by Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Program.
The Tour de Black Creek which lasted from the first race at 9:00am continued to the awards and trophy presentation in the Driftwood Community Centre gym at 2:30pm.
To organise this great community event require much effort and careful planning. The organizers who did this work included the George Terry family, Toronto Police,Toronto Fire and EMS, Rick Gosling of Breakfast Club and Councillor Anthony Perruzza. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair was present and started one of the races.
Production by Leah Varghese, Article by Ama Twumwaa and Photos by Tom Kear, Yorkwest Advocate Staff.